- HDR content is accessible via Edge browser and the Netflix app
- Windows 10 Fall Creators Update is required for viewing HDR content
- Intel 7th generation processors are required for viewing in HDR
Popular video streaming platform Netflix, on Wednesday, announced the rollout of High Dynamic Range or HDR support on Windows 10 for both the Edge browser and the standalone Netflix Windows 10 app. Netflix users will require a premium plan and an HDR10-capable device for viewing HDR content on Windows 10.
The feature will be available for PCs running Intel’s 7th generation Core (i3, i5, or i7 7xxx or 7Yxx) or higher CPUs. These processors are needed to play the Netflix HDR10 encodes. In case of Intel’s integrated GPU, graphics driver: 22.XX.XX series, version 4708 or higher is required.
If the PC is running a discreet Nvidia GPU, models GeForce GTX 1050, GeForce GTX 1060, GeForce GTX 1070, or GeForce GTX 1080, at least 3GB of video RAM is required alongside graphics driver: 387.68 (220.127.116.1168) or higher. On the software front, Windows 10 Creators Update (version 1703) or higher is required. Of course, and HDR-capable display is also required.
Microsoft recently added the necessary software APIs for developers to incorporate HDR support in the latest Fall Creators Update.
Netflix claims that it has over 200 hours of HDR content in its library, and expects increased distribution considering the fact that more HDR-capable PCs might come into the market in 2018. HDR capabilities are currently available on high-end TV models as well as some flagship smartphones like the Apple iPhone X, Samsung Galaxy Note 8, LG V30 among others.
“With HDR enabled, fans can immerse themselves in the delicious colours of Chef’s Table, the terrifying depths of the Upside Down in Stranger Things 2, and enjoy the upcoming Netflix film Bright starring Will Smith,” said Netflix in a blog post on Medium.
Netflix India, earlier this month, released binge watching statistics for 2017.